Congress Chides DoD For Mi-17 Purchase | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 04.13.15

Airborne 04.14.15

Airborne 04.15.15

Airborne 04.16.15

Airborne 04.17.15

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 04.13.15

Airborne 04.14.15

Airborne 04.15.15

Airborne 04.16.15

Airborne 04.17.15

Tue, Jun 22, 2010

Congress Chides DoD For Mi-17 Purchase

Helicopters Intended For Use In Afghanistan

Two Congressmen have taken the Department of Defense to task for its decision to purchase 10 Russian-built Mi-17 helicopters next year as it helps to create an Afghanistani Air Force. The Pentagon has reportedly already paid $648 million to buy or refurbish 31 of the aircraft.


Mi-17s In Afghanistan File Photo

U.S. Senators Richard Shelby (R-AL) and Christopher Dodd (D-CT) said the government should reconsider and purchase U.S.-built aircraft. The Washington Post quotes Shelby as saying "The Mi-17 program either has uncoordinated oversight or simply none at all ... The results have led to massive waste, cost overruns, schedule delays, safety concerns and major delivery problems."

The Mi-17 helicopters have been in use for years in Afghanistan, and General Mohammed Dawran, chief of the Afghan air corps, said retraining the pilots, many of whom are in their 40's and "set in their ways," would be difficult. Brigadier General Michael Borea, the U.S. General in charge of rebuilding the Afghan air corps, said the Mi-17's are well suited to the area, and that the Senators need to "get beyond the fact that it's Russian."


File Photo

Fox News reports that Shelby and Dodd say the lack of competition has allowed Russian defense contractors to sharply increase their prices.

FMI: www.defense.gov

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 04.15.15: Eclipse/Kestrel Game-Changer!, SpaceX Launches, Flight Design

Also: Papillon's 50th Anniversary, Recrafting Paul’s Game-Changing Baby Ace, Beechcraft Fined, FreeFlight Software, Rotorcraft Safety Conference, NexNav Intro's Call it the A>[...]

Airborne 04.16.15: Record-Setting AEA15, 9000 RVs!!!, ULA's 'Vulcan'

Also: DJI Phantom 3, API Update, Skyhawks In China, Air Methods Fined, Naming Pluto Features, Era Group Sale The 58th annual Aviation Electronics Association International Conventi>[...]

AD: Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2015-07-04 PRODUCT: PILATUS Aircraft Ltd. Model PC-7 airplanes.>[...]

AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2015-07-07 PRODUCT: Certain Boeing Model 777-200, -200LR, -300ER, and 777F series airplanes.>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.17.15)

da Vinci Ornithopter The concept of an ornithopter, an aircraft which flies by virtue of flapping wings like a bird, has been around literally for centuries. One of the first to pu>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2015 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC